U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

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TEXAS (WOWO):  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79.

AP reports the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. Spokeswoman Donna Sellers said Scalia had retired the previous evening and did not show up for breakfast the following morning.  He was then found dead in his room.

He served for 29 years starting in 1986 when he was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan.  He was the longest-serving justice on the Court. 

Scalia’s impact on the court was muted by his seeming disregard for moderating his views to help build consensus, although he was held in deep affection by his ideological opposites Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Scalia and Ginsburg shared a love of opera. He persuaded Kagan to join him on hunting trips.

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